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Congressman Bentivolio’s Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act passes Oversight Committee
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed H.R. 3635, the Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act of 2013, with bipartisan support by a unanimous voice vote.
By: Congressman Kerry Bentivolio
I voted “no” on H.R. 4152 which sought “to provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine”. This legislation adds Ukraine to a list of countries eligible to receive assistance through the Economic Support Fund (ESF). The ESF is essentially a stimulus fund for foreign countries -- which is paid for by the US taxpayer. ESF grants are typically used on items like education, rural development, and transportation. The grants cannot be used for military assistance.
Following new revelations that the ObamaCare website, healthcare.gov, still lacks basic security protections, support for Rep. Bentivolio’s Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act attained 100 cosponsors this week.
Four committee chairmen, two-thirds of the Republican members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and three past and present chairmen of the Republican Study Committee count themselves among cosponsoring supporters of Rep. Bentivolio’s bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republicans have embraced legislation by Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) to protect the privacy and security of the American public from security failures at the ObamaCare website, Healthcare.gov. The sixty members of Congress now cosponsoring the bill include a majority of the Republicans on both the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, whose efforts have shed light on the security failures of the website, and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to which the bill was referred.
Introduced December 3, 2013, The Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act is the first and only bill in Congress that would impose specific security requirements on new and future federal agency websites that collect sensitive information from the public.
HR 3635: Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act of 2013
Introduced December 3, 2013 by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) has introduced the Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act, to protect the privacy and security of Americans who access federal websites.
The bill is an urgent response to the launch of healthcare.gov, which has been proven to have no effective security features to protect the sensitive personal information of its users.
Congressman Kerry Bentivolio will soon introduce the Safe and Secure Federal Website Act. The bill requires that the Government Accountability Office certifies the security of every new website launched after July 2013 by the federal government. This ensures that federal agencies implement minimal security standards to protect individual’s personal information and privacy.
Under this legislation, federal websites that collect personal information, such as social security numbers, will not be able to launch until they meet a minimal security standard.
The partial shut-down is now entering its third week.
Even while the chambers disagree on the continuing spending resolution, the House did pass bills to fund: